I’ll risk it. I’ll tell you what others won’t. I’ll buck the system.
Inflammation is good. It is normal and natural for your body to have inflammation. Remember this: inflammation is the first stage of healing and is the only way for your body to heal properly. Your body knows exactly how much is needed at all times. It also occurs abnormally in the body when there have been injuries to the immune system such as medications, vaccinations or any other unnatural chemical with toxic residue. What we need to understand now is how inflammation works for you and work with it.
Normally, when an injury occurs, say within a joint, the body will respond within seconds by sending fluid into the area. This fluid contains all the supplies needed to start the healing process. It’s first job is to increase pressure inside the joint, limiting the motion while increasing pain to prevent more injury. This is not bad. This is good. It’s just not a lot of fun. As the body repairs itself, the fluid slowly leaves the area, your motion increases and your pain decreases. The time frame is dependent on the degree of injury. Actually, it’s happening all the time in our bodies at some level and we may or may not know it. People with arthritis feel this reaction in their body on a chronic basis.
Anti-inflammatory drugs chemically inhibit the natural healing process of the body which will cause your body to heal in a weaker than normal state. This sets the stage for chronic and crisis care. Remember: drugs never heal the body. They only serve to inhibit or stimulate the body never correcting the cause of the condition and they all have side effects because they are harsh poisons.
Then what should we do if we shouldn’t cover up our pain? The hard answer is: nothing at all. Learn from the pain what you should or should not do. But if that’s not good enough, then place an ice pack on the inflamed area for twenty minutes and do it at least twice a day. This will move some of the fluid away from the area which will decrease the pain and stiffness without chemically altering the normal process of healing. Placing heat on the affected area will increase fluid in the area, thereby, increasing your pain and stiffness.
I’ve had numerous patients with intense pain come into my office because they’ve placed heat on an area of the body that was still in an inflammatory mode. Result…increased their own symptoms. Heat is more desirable than ice when you have pain, but it’s not worth the pain you feel later. Think long term.
PLEASE NOTE: If an ice pack is left on longer than twenty minutes, the tissue will adapt to the cold by opening the blood vessels in the area to keep the area from becoming injured by the lowered temperature. This will have the same effect as placing heat on the area, thereby, nullifying the ice treatment.